FK Borac Čačak

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Borac Čačak
Borac Čačak.svg
Full nameFudbalski klub Borac Čačak
Nickname(s)Zebre (The Zebras)
Founded1 May 1926; 92 years ago (1926-05-01)
GroundČačak Stadium
Čačak, Serbia
Capacity8,000[1]
PresidentSerbia Milenko Kostić
Head coachVladimir Stanisavljević
LeagueSerbian First League
2017–18Serbian SuperLiga, 16th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fudbalski klub Borac Čačak (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Борац Чачак), or simply Borac Čačak, is a professional football club based in Čačak, Serbia. The word Borac in translation means fighter in English. Mainly because of the horizontal stripes, Borac's nickname is Zebre (Zebras).

History[edit]

At the end of World War I, football began to be played in Čačak. According to some sources the first football match took place in 1920. Six years later, a group of union workers who organized on May 1, 1926 founded the club. Initially, the uniform was red and later was changed to red-and-white. The first president of the club was a carpenter, Jovan Jolović. On August 6, 1932 FK Borac had its first night match under stadium floodlights, with the Arsenal football club. Before World War II the club's biggest success was winning 1st place in the West Morava district league in 1934.

After a break during World War II, the club started up again and in 1946 played in the qualifications for the Yugoslav First League against Red Star Belgrade but lost. Its next achievement was to win the Serbian Cup in 1958 (regional Yugoslav Cup back then) and four years later won promotion to the Yugoslav Second League. The first play-off match against OFK Titograd was lost 1–3, but in the home match on July 15, 1962, with six goals in the second half, FK Borac secured a promotion to the Second Federal League.

For many years Borac played in the Second Federal League but the dream of the promotion to the First League of FR Yugoslavia came through in 1994 when Borac got promoted for the first time. Previously Borac had failed in three attempts to make it to the top flight, losing play-off matches in 1970, 1971, and 1973. The club has been relegated three times since first making the Yugoslav First League but they have also three times managed to win promotion back to the top league, most recently in 2003.

Recent years[edit]

Čačak Stadium, February 2019

In the 2005–06 season, Borac finished in 7th place, the club's highest finish ever, which they surpassed in 2007–08, when they finished 4th, thereby securing a place in European competition for the first time. In the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, Borac defeated Dacia Chișinău from Moldova 4–2 on aggregate in the first qualifying round, and Lokomotiv Sofia from Bulgaria 2–1 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. Dutch giants Ajax denied Borac entry into the group stage by defeating them twice, 1–4 in Belgrade and 0–2 in Amsterdam. During the 2013–14 Serbian First League season, Borac won promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga late in the season as runners-up over Metalac Gornji Milanovac, with whom they were tied on points. However, because of the results in their matches against Metalac (0–1 away and 0–0 home), Borac placed above Metalac. On August 2, in the 2014 Memorial Živorad Stanković Bia, Borac for the second time in their history played a night match under floodlights, defeating Metalac 1–0 at the reconstructed Čačak stadium.

Honours[edit]

Runner-up: 2011–12
1993–94, 1998–99, 2002–03 (Group West)

UEFA competitions[edit]

  • Qualified for Europe in 1 season
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2008–09 UEFA Cup QR1 Moldova Dacia Chișinău 3–1 1–1 4–2
QR2 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 1–1 2–1
R1 Netherlands Ajax 1–4 0–2 1–6

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2008–present NAAI Škoda

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 February 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Jovan Stanić
3 Serbia DF Aleksa Urošević
5 Serbia MF Nikola Tasić
6 Serbia MF Matija Popović
7 Serbia FW Pavle Obradović
10 Serbia MF Stefan Kovačević (captain)
11 Serbia FW Filip Pantović
12 Serbia DF Njegoš Janjušević
13 Serbia DF Jovica Vasilić
15 Serbia FW Lazar Marković
16 Serbia MF Nikola Šutić
18 Serbia DF Đorđe Saković
20 Serbia MF Stefan Fićović
21 Serbia DF Uroš Sekulić
No. Position Player
22 Serbia FW Marko Ilić
24 Serbia GK Saša Mišić
25 Serbia DF Igor Nedeljković
26 Serbia FW Nemanja Perić
28 Serbia MF Tibor Berak
29 Serbia GK Jovan Ćalović
33 Serbia FW Nemanja Kovačević
41 Serbia GK Mateja Maslarević
42 Serbia MF Vojislav Kovačević
43 Serbia DF Veljko Filipović
46 Serbia DF Marko Jelić
47 Serbia MF Stefan Bojović
49 Serbia FW Veljko Bogićević

Youth & reserves[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Macedonia FW Destan Haciya
Serbia MF Stefan Janković
Serbia DF Srđan Pantelić
South Korea MF Jang Su-min
No. Position Player
Ghana FW Kennedy Asamoah
Serbia FW Lazar Jolović
South Korea Park Ji-soo

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Serbia MF Nemanja Radosavljević (at Polet Ljubić until the end of the season)
No. Position Player

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers winter 2018–19. For summer transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2018.

Notable former players[edit]

Former players with senior national team appearances:[2]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Borac Čačak players.

Coaching history[edit]

A great number of coaches have passed through the club. Before the World War II the main coach was the former BSK Belgrade and national team player Dragomir Tošić. After 1945 the main coaches were Ivan Stevović, Dragoslav Filipović, Prvoslav Dragićević, Kosta Tomašević, Živorad Stanković, Vasilije Šijaković, Gojko Zec, Dragan Bojović, Momčilo Ilić, Žarko Nedeljković, among others. More recently, the club was managed by Dušan Radonjić, Slobodan Ostojić, Mihailo Kolarević, Dušan Marić, Milovan Đorić, Milovan Ćirković, Dušan Spasojević, Nenad Starovlah, Ivan Čančarević, Milorad Kosanović, Dimitrije Mitrović, Branko Smiljanić, Božidar Vuković, Slavenko Kuzeljević, Dušimir Vulović, Radovan Gudurić, Milutin Marušić, Miodrag Božović and Milovan Rajevac.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ FK Borac Čačak at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ History at official website

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